FRANKLIN, Tenn.– Simmons Bank has helped establish a new amateur event, the Simmons Bank Cup, in partnership with the Tennessee Golf Association and the Arkansas State Golf Association. This inaugural, Ryder Cup-style tournament will be held at the TPC Southwind golf course in Memphis, Tennessee from April 11-13, 2021, matching some of the top amateur golfers from the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) and the ASGA for a chance to win the Simmons Bank Cup.
Teams will be selected based off of the 2020 Player of the Year lists and will include post-collegiate, senior male and female golfers. The breakdown of the teams are: 6 championship men (not competing in NCAA), 4 senior men, 2 women (not competing in NCAA), 2 senior women.
“Building long-term partnerships that enrich our communities and contribute to the development of youth across our service area is core to who we are at Simmons Bank,” said George Makris, Jr. chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corporation. “We are proud to establish the Simmons Bank Cup with the Tennessee Golf Association and Arkansas State Golf Association.”
“Tennessee Golf Association is grateful to Simmons Bank for the support they provide to our community,” said Chad Anderson, executive director of the TGA. “Establishing a new event that fosters friendly competition between our players and colleagues in Arkansas is an opportunity we look forward to for years to come.”
Last year, Simmons Bank signed a multi-year agreement as the title sponsor of the Korn Ferry Tour Nashville event – renamed the Simmons Bank Open – which was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To offset the loss of funds to the event’s charity, the Snedeker Foundation, Simmons Bank donated $75,000 through its “Drive. Putt. Do Good.” initiative. The Simmons Bank Open will take place at The Grove, located in College Grove, Tennessee from May 3–9, 2021.
About Simmons Bank
Simmons Bank is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons has grown steadily and today operates more than 200 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Simmons is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with total consolidated assets of $22.3 billion as of Dec. 31, 2020. For more information, visit https://simmonsbank.com/.
About the Tennessee Golf Association
Founded in 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association has been dedicated to serving the needs of TGA member golf courses and the needs of amateur golfers in Tennessee for over a century. The TGA hosts 19 state championship tournaments every year, highlighted by the Tennessee Open, the Golf Capital of Tennessee Women’s Open, the Tennessee Amateur Championship and the Tennessee Women’s Amateur. The TGA also operates the USGA’s Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN), which provides a uniform handicap service to all golfers in Tennessee. The TGA is the direct liaison between amateur golfers in Tennessee and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
About Arkansas State Golf Association
Founded in 1915, the Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 association with over 11,000 individual members and 126-member clubs. The ASGA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of men and women from across the state, and has a four-person paid staff that maintain an office in Little Rock. Through their programs ASGA has the ability to touch the lives of golfers of all ages and skill levels in the state of Arkansas. Our scholarship program alone has provided over $400,000 in scholarship dollars to young men and women since its inception in 1915, and currently helps 19 young students toward their goal of a college degree. We look forward to continuing our efforts in growing the game of golf and supporting the next generation of golf ambassadors.